Varicose veins are a very common problem that numerous people suffer from. They are veins that have become enlarged and raised to the skin’s surface that take on a twisted, bulging, cord-like appearance. This happens when the valves in veins are no longer functioning sufficiently enough to carry blood back to the heart and it ends up pooling in the areas where varicose veins are visible. If you have varicose veins, whether or not they are causing you any pain or other symptoms, it’s a good idea to seek medical care for their removal. Not only can the way they look become a source for self-consciousness, but they can also lead to serious health conditions if not properly treated. Radiofrequency ablation therapy is one option that doctors often use to eliminate varicose veins.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy?
Similar to endovenous laser therapy, endovenous radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins utilizes heat to damage and collapse non-functioning veins. The difference is that radiofrequency waves are used instead of laser energy. It is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that only requires patients to be under a local anesthesia. It’s much more beneficial than having veins surgically removed since there is a significantly lower risk for side effects and less downtime after the treatment has been performed. Patients can expect a quick process and to be back on their feet in no time.
How Does It Work?
A small incision will be made in order to insert a catheter straight into the diseased vein. Radiofrequency is then directed into the vein in segments until each one has been heated and sealed shut to cut off blood supply. Blood flow will be diverted to the body’s remaining healthy veins so that normal circulation can begin once again. The problem vein will eventually become scar tissue and fade away.
Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment from St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center
Before you choose a doctor to perform your radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins treatment, it’s important to keep in mind that the more experience they have with this technique, the lower your chances for having complications. Dr. Wright has had great success with radiofrequency ablation at St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center and is the leading choice for treatment of venous diseases in the area. To find out if you’re a good candidate for endovenous radiofrequency ablation therapy, we will have an initial consultation to go over your medical history and current situation with varicose veins.